ELLAND cricket chief Dennis Midwood insists his players are still upbeat in spite of recent cup setbacks at first and second team level.
The Hullen Edge club’s reserve string crashed out of the Huddersfield League’s Crowther Cup at the semi-final stage last Sunday when bowled out for 43 at Cawthorne, having made 286 against Meltham the previous day.
At the same time, Elland’s firsts were beaten by 64 runs at home to Shelley in the Twenty/20 quarter-finals, having previously bowed out of the Sykes Cup at Shepley.
However, Midwood insists Elland have exceeded expectations so far this season and the firsts are second in the league heading to Delph and Dobcross tomorrow.
“Hoylandswaine are favourites (for the title) but we have still got a smile on our faces and the lads are pretty confident,” said Midwood.
“Delph and Dobcross away is a big, big game and we don’t usually fare well over the hills.
“However, we beat them comprehensively at home when they were disappointing and we played well.”
Midwood is pleased with the contributions of newcomers Niall Lockley and Simon Wheelwright while ex-Halifax League spinner Chris Goulden is having another superb season.
However, most eyes are on West Indies ace Lorenzo Ingram, the top player in the Bradford League last season and prolific with bat and ball again at Elland.
Midwood said: “Everyone is looking at him and a few clubs will be looking to see if they can nick him for next year.
“We’ve had a word with him already and he’s happy to stay - hopefully it will be resolved in the next few weeks.”
Meanwhile, it is a big weekend for Wheelwright’s former club Barkisland who will be looking to reach the final of the Oddfellows Cup on Sunday.
Darren Robinson’s men travel to Almondbury while Lascelles Hall host Thongsbridge in the other game.
Barkisland, second in the middle section, would appear to have a tremendous chance as Almondbury are next to bottom of the division below.